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Racing a manta Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone has ever raced their manta. I was looking for its handicap to race informally against other boats. Any handicap system would do, IRC, PHRF, PY etc. Thanks3Fri 16 Jun 2023 21:45:38
17-20 foot Pocket Cruiser specials in Practical Boat Owner ... but at least in the current issue not a whisper about the Manta 19. Maybe in the next issue? 16 Jun 2023 21:36:29
New owner Hello from Norrtälje in Sweden. I have always dreamed of sailing, being able to sail and being able to afford to sail. I was looking for a cheap boat, preferably a trailersailer. God, Jesus or Oden finally saw me and showed me a manta 19 on the internet that was given away nearby. Maybe I can make it float I thought, maybe sails can be found and so on. I got the boat and when i saw it i couldn't believe my eyes, it was so dirty but absolutely wonderful, complete with 4 sails, inside it was like new, trailer in great condition. it's probably the best thing that ever happened to me, I learned to sail (lots left to learn) and I love it. i got the boat in july last year and was out at sea as often as i could, unfortunately the winters are long here and i almost can't stand it until the ice melts. I got a lot of help from this forum to learn how things should fit and notice that many people love their mantas. my first boat but it is really wonderful. I look forward to sharing my experiences here and reading about yours.7Sun 12 Mar 2023 10:56:34
Bats 🦇 in the Belfry Never mind bats 🦇 in the Belfry, unrolled the foresail at the end of the season to find these little critters ! It was only a week earlier that these sails were unfurled for sailing ⛵️2Sat 04 Feb 2023 19:53:55
Cabin Table leg length Hello, Can anyone tell me how long the table leg is for the cabin table. I am at home and looking to replace the current "broom handle and odd block of wood" affair currently gracing the table. I have left the boat at the marina and forgot to bring the leg home . Help.2Sat 25 Jun 2022 15:16:18
Newbie Hi guys, I have just purchased my manta and am looking forward to launching tomorrow on the beautiful Shannon River.3Sun 20 Mar 2022 21:11:39
Any Manta sailors in the Solent? Just about to put my Manta 19, Spirit (previously Crepello) in the water permanently at Shamrock Quay marina in Southampton. Any other Manta 19 sailors in and around the Solent who might want to meet up??Sat 22 Jan 2022 11:13:22
New Manta 19 owner, Worcestershire Hi all, Following my earlier post about outboards, I’m pleased to say I have now bought my first Manta 19! Previously I owned a Hunter Horizon 272 based in Cardiff, but the sailing in the Bristol Channel is not much cop to be honest. I’m hoping with a trailer sailer we can explore the Solent and the South West a bit more. Our Manta is number 1060 and called Crepello. I’m not a big fan of the name so will probably change it (observing the proper protocol and honouring Neptune, of course). Are there any Manta rallies scheduled? Would love to meet other owners.5Sun 09 Jan 2022 08:52:31
Crazy video of Manta planing Hi all, can anybody point me towards the video of a couple of guys planing a Manta 19 please. I'm pretty sure I came to it from the forum but can I find it again....I cannot. Any help much appreciated. Thanks,1Fri 17 Sep 2021 12:38:17
New owners Hi there, After asking a couple of questions about Mantas on this forum I'm delighted that we have now joined the ranks of Manta owners! We've recently bought Ian Reid's project boat that he wrote about on this forum (now no longer a project, Ian has done all the hard work and we get to enjoy the results). She's now named Kingfisher and we're hoping very much that the weather will improve soon so we can get her on the water and start sailing - can't wait!7Thu 15 Apr 2021 11:25:46
Merry Christmas Merry Christmas everyone and have a Happy New Year :D3Fri 01 Jan 2021 23:18:31
new Manta sailors Hi, fellow Manta sailors! I notice a few, new registered users but no new posts. Come on guys, let us know what you think of your Mantas, and what you are doing with them. Your thoughts will be useful to everybody and make justice to Mark's efforts to maintain this website. Luis aka Mekicevica's Skipper.15Thu 05 Nov 2020 08:57:37
Is this a Manta ??? Hello everybody, A few weeks ago I acquired this little boat and set about trying find out what she was. The closest ive come to is the manta BUT there are some big differences. My boat does have a round forward hatch and the Manta is currently the only other boat I have found that also has this. My boat has a bilge keel and a offset companion way hatch like the Leisure 18. Somebody did say I could be a prototype so I thought I would ask on here. Thanks in advance Mike5Fri 22 May 2020 08:58:39
Virtual Regatta It looks like this season is going to be a quite one - but in the mean time you could get some time on the water with the RYA Virtual Regatta 29 Apr 2020 15:19:04
New Owner Hi all I have just bought a manta 19, and have read a lot on the forums, I am based on the south coast, the manta 19 has had it's drop keel welded up and now relies on the welded up keel box and bilge keels (which appear to be hollow) for stability, this seems very odd to me. I was wondering if anyone had come across anything like this before or if anyone had any thoughts on it. Other than the fact that performance to windward is going to be impeded.Wed 17 Jul 2019 11:38:02
New project I have just taken over an abandoned Manta that is in a very sorry state. She has been on Coniston for many years and has been upside down in recent times. She is missing the rudder, has had a chainplate ripped out and the keel is very rusty and jammed. All in all, plenty to keep me busy for a good few months. First job is going to be getting the keel sorted. Managed to release it and now have to try to remove the pivot bolt.12Tue 04 Jun 2019 16:25:33
Thanks from a newbie I just wanted to say a thank you to all the owners who've posted info on the forum and blogged about their experiences of Manta ownership. While it may seem as though you're posting into a black hole I'd like to say how much I value all the wisdom collected here. That combined with the generosity of owners who've responded to my first few questions.....there'll be many many more, makes the prospect of renovating my own boat so much more manageable. Big thanks to all, TobyTue 14 May 2019 20:36:42
Help please, new owner with questions Hi everyone, All things willing I think I've found a boat. I'm writing about it here as it is of course a Manta 19. Hurrah! I'm fantastically excited, a 50yr old counting days like a 5yr old waiting for Christmas. I've probably jinxed the whole thing by writing as if the deal is done however, on the off chance that everything goes to plan I need to pick the forum's collective brain. I'm heading off to collect the boat in a few weeks so the first thing is going to be building a trailer. I can do the welding but without having been able to measure the bottom of a Manta, or a trailer I'd be very grateful for some help please. I've made some rough guestimates from pictures on this forum but more accurate measurement would be very helpful if anyone can help out. I'm very taken with the launch trolley/dolly that Paddy Carolan has for Cynara but just for now I'm trying to copy the original trailer. I'm open to any ideas people may have about building a better trailer that makes launching and recovery as easy as possible. The boat is one of the single keel models and these are the dimensions I need please - From a boat: - 1/ Length from transom to rear of keel 2/ Length of keel box 3/ Width of keel box. From a trailer:- 1/Length of the two main members that run the from the back of the keel to the tow ball. 2/ Width of the gap between the two members (ie. how wide is the spacing to allow the keel to sit between them). 3 Placements of the hull supports - I'm guessing but it looks as though the rear supports are located roughly 300mm from the rear of the keel box and roughly 600mm from the centre line of the trailer. The front supports seem to be roughly level with the front of the keel and maybe 500mm from the centre line? I'd be very grateful for any of the above. Alternatively, if there's an owner within an hour or so's drive of Oxford who'd let me lose with a tape measure I'd be super grateful and will come armed with bottles of thanks. Fingers crossed someone can help out with this, thanks for reading, Toby4Sun 12 May 2019 23:16:54
Manta 19 dimensions On the statistics page of this forum, the boat dimensions are listed as 5,66 x 2.07 meters. This in fact closely matches measurements on my Austrian-built 1973 Manta 19 #205. However, on most other sites and adverts, boat dimensions are cited as merely 5.60 x 2.00. Only a few inches off, but I recently had to pass on an offered 2 meter wide berth in a local harbour, as my boat would never ever fit between the pile moorings. Any idea, why the "5.60 x 2.00" has become the common "truth"? (I also try to get opinions from German language owners: 20 Feb 2019 19:48:17
Unhappy Manta 19 Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and v new to yachting. I've been dinghy sailing for a few years but I've no real experience of bigger boats other than a couple of weeks helping a friend move theirs. Having decided that I really need to put the pipe out, get off the sofa and start trying to make dreams a reality, I began looking around for boats. Trailer sailing seems to be the way to go for someone landlocked in the midlands and a Manta 19 looks to be the ideal vehicle for all those pipe dreams. I saw one for the first time a couple of years ago; please excuse yet another cliche but it was love....LUV love. A proper boat with beautiful lines and on a scale that may be practical for me. Since then of course I've done lots of research, weighed up other options and I'm still coming back to the Manta 19. You all know a great deal more about them than I do, I've never even sailed on one, and I certainly don't need to tell you how lovely they are. I've really enjoyed reading all the accounts of Manta 19s so thank you all for posting and fuelling my dreams. The point of introducing myself is not just to say hello, I'm hoping that someone out there will have a Manta 19 that needs some love, that's languishing in a state of disrepair and that they are looking to pass on to someone who'll lavish her with attention. Failing that or maybe even more important, is there anyone willing to suffer crew and to pass on their wisdom please? Another thought that occurred to me is that someone might need some work done to their boat or the trailer, I'm a furniture maker, generally bespoke projects, so woodwork should be doable and I've welded together several trailers and narrow boats. Does your need any attention? Please do get in touch should any of the above chime for you, thanks for reading. T2Sun 10 Feb 2019 19:14:25
Capsize Hi All, I am just in the process of purchasing a Manta. After a long search with many discounts, ie Sailfish ( no self draining cockpit ). Seahawk ( Very thin lay up ) etc finally settled on the Manta. Searching for any info I came across this article that may be of interest and I would like to read comments as to what may have happened. Has anyone else come close to this happening? 23 Dec 2018 19:12:26
Launching Hi, new member thinking of buying a Manta 19. I read somewhere that the launching can be a little more troublesome compared to other trailer sailers. Does anyone out there have a video of a slipway launch of there Manta 19? Or any advice from people that have launched a variety of vessels of this type to compare? Thanks6Mon 12 Dec 2016 12:54:32
Auxilary Options Hello. Im looking at trying to pick up a Manta 19, but I was wondering about the feasibility of installing a small diesel with a sail-drive. I am much happier looking after and running diesels than outboards! Has anyone done anything like this? Or is there not the space? All the best1Mon 03 Oct 2016 13:37:43
Facebook Hi All. I'm struggling to find like minded people in the uk. The forum here is great, but I miss the instant newsfeed as with other sites. So... There is a group called "Trailer sailers/pocket cruisers uk" it seems to be dominated by the US. It would be good to see the uk info on here, including launch sites etc. Although Manta 19 biast😉😉😉. The manta site will always be linked to when Mantas are mentioned. Thanks allSat 06 Aug 2016 21:34:18
new owner Hi allFri 08 Jul 2016 20:50:12
New owner Hi, I'm now the proud owner of "tiller girl". Just wondering if you guys and girls had any meet ups around the uk ? It would be good to take a look at modifications and compare. Or just get some advice while out sailing. Thanks Matt3Wed 22 Jun 2016 10:47:44
Sheet to Tiller steering Hello Manta owners! I usually sail alone in my Manta and do trolling fishing. If you add to this that sometimes you have to go to the bow or just have something to eat or drink, some kind of self steering system would be very useful. I use shock cord tiller method, but you know is very imprecise. I don't like electronic autopilot systems. I have seen wind vanes installed in small boats, but I would like to know is somebody has ever seen this on a Manta or if someone has thought of this before or, in your opinion, what system would be suitable for a project like this. I would also like to know if somebody uses a Sheet-to-Tiller system as alternative. Hope everybody is enjoying this spring season!1Mon 25 May 2015 18:43:19
hello all Hi just say hello to you all. I just got a manta 19ft 2 days ago and am looking forword to learning to sail her,, I am all new to sailing but not boats i am in the west of Ireland in a place called Athenry .my manta needs a lot of TLC and it will get it:) ..i hope with your help i like to get her back in the sea by summers end at best thank god for this forumWed 19 Nov 2014 23:29:36
replacement mast or repair Hi everyone This is my first time on the site. When lowering my mast for the winter a gust of wind must have caught it and it fell down on the crutches and snapped in 2 about 600mm from the pivot heel. Does anyone know where i can get a replacement mast or is it possible to repair it. I live in Norfolk. Any help or advise wold be very much appreciated Steve2Mon 25 Nov 2013 20:43:35
Towing weight Hi does anybody know what the towing weight is approx, i realise it depends on the trailer size etc, but would like e rough idea, thanks2Sat 08 Jun 2013 21:52:42
Manta 19 Hallo suche Fensterdichtungen für meine Manta No.190 -1973 und zwei Schotklemmen lg Michael in Sat 05 Dec 2009 09:25:39
Manta 19 'Emily' Hi from Alan & Sue in Norfolk Just a quick introduction to 'Emily' sail No 1176 built by Blakes in 1978. She is currently based on the Broads at Ranworth.6Thu 02 Apr 2009 21:36:36
We bought a Manta We have finally bought the Manta that we found in a poor state in SW Ireland. It is hull number 1181 dated 1978. I have taken some pics and will load these over the next week. In the meantime after a clean up and rigging we need some help. All 4 bottle scews for port and starboard inners and outers are bent, are these damaged or designed like that? We have no mechanism for raising and lowering the centre plate. Just a s/s plate with two small lugs to the aft sde of the hole. What type of equipment do we need to look for? Does the cabin have a removable floor above the shallow fibreglass bilge? Lastly, do the twin aft stays attach to the top or bottom of the pushpit lugs? Hope someone can help..2Tue 31 Mar 2009 11:19:01
Nearly a 'New manta owner' Hi everyone! Just to introduce ourselves.. We are Ian & Julie and we are buying a Manta 19 (subject to survey) which is on Windermere (Fell Foot). Her sail number is 1020 but there is no plate on the transom indicating her age. Has anyone any ideas? I know a gentleman never asks and a lady never tells but it would help us a lot if we knew!11Thu 30 Oct 2008 22:09:11
New Manta owner Hi , I am a new Manta owner based at Rutland Water. The boat is called Bloggit and I have sailed her a few times in mainly light winds but she has been superb. There is a new Genoa and I wonder if roller reefing is possible with the existing shackle clips which hoist up the forestay ? Also the centre plate is jammed and had not responded to hammering from the top so guess will have to take the boat onto a gantry somewhere similar to Sophie to get it sorted. Still it sails well without the centreplate. I wonder what difference it really makes ? Finally I have a homemadde rudder which works well but does not swing up . Maybe will get another made sometime, however it works well at present.Wed 01 Oct 2008 20:34:22
Manta Denmark Some news photos from 2008 All from my little(Bitten) Manta. Yoy can see them here if You are interested. If not then send me a mail and You will have the Link JakobMon 15 Sep 2008 11:20:39
Coniston Sailing this weekend Hi anyone able to come and meet up for a sail this weekend 30th Aug & 31st. Regards Tony feel free to give me a bell! 07818078012Thu 28 Aug 2008 20:31:12
Coniston Get Together I want to plan a Coniston Water Mini Manta Rally, who'd be interesting in getting together before the end of the season. Have a sail together, swap owner tips and hav a bbq pending on the Coniston microclimate! I want this to an open meeting! A bit of fun, and maybe make it an annual event! email me - Cheers Tony - Manta 19 1059 - DavinSat 23 Aug 2008 09:44:28

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